Sunday, May 28, 2006

Harry Potter

I have just watched the DVD of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I thought it very well done. My usual complaints that the music was too loud, muffling the dialogue, and everything was too dark to see properly applied, but I turned the subtitles on and was able to follow it.

The young actors have much improved since the first film, Ralph Feinnes was excellently evil, but Michael Gambon is still a disappointment after Richard Harris. Brendan Gleeson was fun. Spotting the uncredited actors was interesting. No John Cleese this time, but veteran comedian, Eric Sykes put in an appearance at the beginning and the new Dr Who, David Tennant played the part of the villain, Barty Crouch Junior.


Anonymous said...

I am glad that you report on sound quality and the balance of music and dialogue. I continually notice it "over here" (a wartime contradiction or is it)I had thought perhaps my hearing is going, it is, but I have the same
impressions as you, so I feel it is the sound translation.
We see Dr. WHO on the Sci Fi channel here, it lacks the sparkle of the old series. Perhaps my appetite for fantasy has dulled somewhat. I read recently that Cosmic Rays would make Mars untenable. That grounded my Sci Fi appetite somewhat.

Anonymous said...

I too felt Michael Gambon was a disappointment as Albus Dumbledore. After the comments about Dr. Who, was wondering if Tom Baker would be a better choice for Dumbledore? He's only 72, and just did Donald MacDonald on Monarch of the Glen.